A 19-year-old female asked:
my doctors always tell me i have low iron level.. i guess that's where all my easy bruising comes from. how do i get the iron levels up ?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Foods & Supplements: Plenty of sites list iron-rich foods. Some also say which are easiest for your body to make use of. Iron supplement pills are also available and some processed foods advertise that they are iron fortified. If you want to, it should be easy to increase your levels unless there is something else wrong. Don't worry - it's not likely, but if you really try and fail - ask your doctor for ideas.
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Low iron: What is the reason for low iron? In your case pregnancy, aspirin& Ibuprofen from your history. The later two cause occult bleeding and should be tested for fecal occult blood test at least three different days. Pregnancy and taking contraceptive pills? Also-know lab tibc, % saturation, ferritin, hemoglobin, hematocrit then your doctor can decide if you need iron tablets.Use food rich with iron.Thank.
Last updated Jan 2, 2015
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